Rushlift GSE has received a 56-month extension to its existing GSE contract with easyJet.

The new multi-million-pound deal continues an existing five-year agreement for Rushlift GSE to supply, manage, and maintain easyJet’s ground-handling fleet at London’s Gatwick Airport. 

Over 570 ground support assets will be managed by Rushlift GSE under a progressive programme of innovation and equipment enhancement, which includes an ongoing transition from diesel to electric vehicles.

As part of this programme, Rushlift is in the process of introducing eight Mallaghan Bendibelts, an advanced electric-powered baggage conveyor that has the ability to bend through 90 degrees.  

“We are delighted that easyJet has chosen to endorse our close working relationship by extending our contract,” said Tim Willett, general manager at Rushlift GSE.

“With 75% of easyJet’s ground support fleet now electric, we look forward to continuing to support the business in completing its transition to electric-powered GSE equipment. And with the opening of our new maintenance and workshop facilities at Gatwick, we’re offering our continued commitment to providing the high level of service and support expected by one of the industry’s leading airlines.”

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In 2017, easyJet took the unprecedented step of deciding to lease ground support equipment directly, through Rushlift GSE, and bring in contractors that would supply labour resources only.

As per the existing contract, Rushlift GSE will supply, maintain, and support a wide variety of vehicles from different manufacturers, along with related handling equipment. All vehicles will be regularly serviced under a set maintenance regime, with fast, on-site breakdown response and support.

In line with the expansion of Rushlift GSE’s Gatwick operations, the business has opened a new 36,000-square-foot service centre and workshop close to the airside access gates. 

“Our business demands a keen focus on cost and efficiency – and a fast turn-around of aircraft on the ramp is absolutely critical to our success,” said Dan Chapman, regional operations and contracts manager, at easyJet.

“Over the last five years, Rushlift GSE has proved to be a highly dependable partner, providing us with reliable and efficient ground support equipment and helping us to meet our sustainability targets through a structured transition to electric GSE vehicles. This has given us every confidence to extend our close working arrangement for a further 56 months.”